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Noah’s Ark and the Church


NOAH’S ARK AND THE CHURCH

Prior to the great deluge when Noah was 600 years old, the people were numerous, and they indulged in sinful living. They were only flesh, and the spirit of God left them (Gen 6:3). They enjoyed the food and drinks for their worldly pleasure. Though eating and drinking are necessary for humans to sustain their lives, they ignored God, who provided them with everything. While giving priority to the pleasures of the body, they did not care for their souls and for the worship of the true God.

Jesus compared this situation to his contemporaries who were also concerned about the material food and not the spiritual nourishment. After the feeding of five thousand men besides women and children with five loaves of bread and two fish, the people approached Jesus the next day. Understanding their intention for worldly goals, Jesus said, “Do not work for food that perishes but for food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you” (Jn 6:27).

Jesus said, “For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Mt 24:37). Jesus took an example from the lives of sinners during the time of the great deluge when God saved Noah and his family. The people ignored the warning of conversion while Noah and family obeyed God. Though Noah constructed the Ark, he did not know the exact day when the deluge was going to happen. On an unexpected day, the flood happened, and on another day, God shut the door of the Ark.

Jesus gave enough warning on the need for repentance and the upcoming judgement with the eternal reward for the righteous and destruction of obstinate sinners. Like Noah’s ark, he established the Church for the salvation of the faithful. Those who make use of it will overcome the tribulation and gain eternal life. The day and time of the Messiah’s return shall be at an unexpected day and time.
Jesus warned the people about conversion through his preaching and miracles of mercy. However, some responded like the people who ignored the warning of Noah for their repentance and did not learn from his life and from his act of constructing the ark. Jesus continues his preaching and acts of mercy through his Church. Those who ignore these warnings and live in sin will face destruction similar to that faced by the people who died in the flood during Noah’s time.

The contemporaries of Noah continued to lead their sinful life until the flood came, and God shut Noah’s ark. They should have believed Noah and repented. In that case, God would have avoided punishing them through the deluge. They were too late to realize the truth of what Noah said and did.

Jesus compared the situation of the people who died in the flood during the time of Noah to the people who rejected Jesus and his message of salvation. Just as the deluge started suddenly with no more hope for escape, the second coming of Christ will happen at an unexpected time with the salvation of the righteous and merciless destruction of sinners.


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